Reviewer:John M Myers
June 11, 2018 Subject:
A great listen if you are up in the Yukon
This book, while somewhat lacking in literary merit, being a little too long on melodrama and fraught with unlikely characters and events, was read with gusto, affection and skill by Ms. Barratt, who is truly one of the best readers I have heard to date on Librivox. I listened to this book while driving from Dawson City, the site of the Gold Rush and of the book, over the Top of the World Highway and then north to Fairbanks and south to Denali. It was the PERFECT accompaniment for this drive. Thank you, Ms. Barratt, for keeping me company on this trip!
April 4, 2017 Subject:
The Klondike as it was During the Gold Rush
The Great Gold Rush is a lovely tale that is set in the context of historical data. If there is a proper way to execute a historical novel, this is it. This is the standard. “How pure the Klondike is, and clear. And how beautiful are the shades across the Yukon—and only man is vile.” Composition this fine deserves to be heard as well as read. For those who like to listen to their books, this one is expertly narrated. Cathy Barratt has set the standard for that.
November 22, 2013 Subject:
Don't miss this one.
Jarvis's writing style is a little out of date, but he knew how to tell a story. This one really puts me in the Klondike in 1898, with its freezing constant cold, the frequent brutality of criminals and corruption of officials, as well as the kindness of strangers to men lost, weak and hungry. I don't know anything about the author's life, but from his writing I would guess he was actually there. I would also guess he was Canadian, from the great respect he shows toward Canadian Mounties and his light-hearted contempt for American authority, such as it was. Jarvis shows humor and humanity in relating his tale. There's rarely a dull moment. He wasn't a great writer, but he was damn good.